10 Best Horse Racing Movies

Tuesday, January 25 by Ashley Welch

Everyone loves a good horse movie, and some of the 10 best horse racing movies have even won an Oscar or two. While the story is usually centered around one or two people who have a strong bond with the horse and believe in it's abilities, the movies themselves inspire the audience and give everyone a feel good feeling afterwards. Here are some of the best horse racing movies:

  1. "National Velvet" starring a young Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney, is an absolute vintage classic. Taylor plays a young girl who believes her troublesome horse has enough talent to win the Grand National Steeplechase, and goes against convention when she rides him in the race herself.
  2. "Seabiscuit" is based on the true story of Seabiscuit, a depression era race horse who was too small, his jockey too big, his trainer an old cowboy, and his owner a car salesman. He defeated the odds and raised the hopes of a country in despair. While the movie is not completely true to the facts, it is one of the best horse racing movies.
  3. "The Black Stallion" is based on the novel where a young boy is shipwrecked with a wild stallion and a strong bond is forged. The popular book and series sets a strong foundation for this movie and it's sequels. This 1979 film again stars Mickey Rooney and earned him an Oscar nomination for his role as the trainer. It is by far one of the best and most popular of horse racing movies.
  4. "Black Gold" is the complicated story of a boy and his horse who are adopted by a kind Indian man and his wife. The couple decides to breed their mare to the boy's horse, but they fall in with a shady manager and end up losing the mare to him.
  5. "Hidalgo" follows the story of a Pony Express rider and his Mustang who are invited to race against the finest Arabian horses in a 3,300 mile race across the Arabian desert. The cinematography, acting, and story make this one of the best horse racing movies in the past decade.
  6. "Secretariat" tells the story of the greatest race horse of our time. In order to appeal to movie audiences the film writers chose to focus much of the story around Secretariat's female owner and adversity to her. This is one of the best horse racing movies, with great acting and writing.
  7. "Shergar" is a 1999 film based on a true story. Shergar was a champion racehorse who was stolen by IRA terrorists and later rescued by a young boy. A bit different since this is Irish and not American horse racing, but this is still one of the best horse racing movies.
  8. "Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story"  is about a injured racehorse who is brought back to racing condition against all odds to race in the Breeder's Cup. The filly suffers a career ending broken leg, and is saved by a trainer and his daughter down on their luck.
  9. "On The Nose" is focused more around the people of the story and less about the horses. A janitor with a gambling problem needs to raise money to send his daughter to Trinity college. He finds an aboriginal head in a jar and discovers that the head is able to predict the winner of horse races. More amusing than mose, this is one of the best horse racing movies.
  10. "Dead Heat" is another movie that centers around the people that make the story. A former cop and his brother purchase a race horse, but just when the horse is showing promise it's stolen by a local mob boss in payment of a debt.
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COMMENTS

  1. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    David

    What happened to “Let It Ride” with Richard Dreyfuss. One of the funniest, and most realistic of horse racing movies!!


  2. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    David

    What happened to “Let It Ride” with Richard Dreyfuss. One of the funniest, and most realistic of horse racing movies!!


  3. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Candice Curtis

    Hate to spoil it for you, but Shergar was never rescued. His remains were never found.


  4. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Candice Curtis

    Hate to spoil it for you, but Shergar was never rescued. His remains were never found.


  5. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Jahda05

    Cannot believe Phar Lap was left off this list. Great horse racing movie.


  6. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Jahda05

    Cannot believe Phar Lap was left off this list. Great horse racing movie.


  7. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Creelt

    way off base a lot of great horse racing movies left off top 10 like others said phar lap, let it ride I thought boots malone and bluegrass were great movies andwhat about the champ that was a combo of boxing and racing


  8. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Creelt

    way off base a lot of great horse racing movies left off top 10 like others said phar lap, let it ride I thought boots malone and bluegrass were great movies andwhat about the champ that was a combo of boxing and racing


  9. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Exercise restraint

    Phar Lap, Champions, and Boots Malone left off the list and you want it to be taken seriously? Better get the DVD player ready and check back after you’ve seen all three. Shergar with the make believe outcome should have no place on the list. You’d be better off with “Murphy’s Stroke” (1980) staring Pierce Brosnan based upon the true life story of the Irish betting coup with the Tony Collins’ trained chaser Gay Future. The story behind Murphy’s Stroke:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83hC0TFxHhg


  10. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Exercise restraint

    Phar Lap, Champions, and Boots Malone left off the list and you want it to be taken seriously? Better get the DVD player ready and check back after you’ve seen all three. Shergar with the make believe outcome should have no place on the list. You’d be better off with “Murphy’s Stroke” (1980) staring Pierce Brosnan based upon the true life story of the Irish betting coup with the Tony Collins’ trained chaser Gay Future. The story behind Murphy’s Stroke:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83hC0TFxHhg


  11. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Rackon

    As a race horse owner and a former film reviewer, I can’t take seriously a list that leaves of these three great racing movies: Let It Ride, with Richard Drefuss, a hilarious and touching look at a race-tracker on a roll; Phar Lap, story of the great Australian racer; and Champions, starring John Hurt, about the great British steeplechaser Aldaniti and his jockey Bob Champion – the pair overcomes Champion’s cancer and the horse’s serious injury to return to racing glory.


  12. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Rackon

    As a race horse owner and a former film reviewer, I can’t take seriously a list that leaves of these three great racing movies: Let It Ride, with Richard Drefuss, a hilarious and touching look at a race-tracker on a roll; Phar Lap, story of the great Australian racer; and Champions, starring John Hurt, about the great British steeplechaser Aldaniti and his jockey Bob Champion – the pair overcomes Champion’s cancer and the horse’s serious injury to return to racing glory.


  13. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Waquoit

    Casey’s Shadow should not be forgotten. That’s a devastating movie.


  14. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Waquoit

    Casey’s Shadow should not be forgotten. That’s a devastating movie.


  15. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Racherasaro

    casey’s shadow was an awesome movie and phar lap..can’t believe they didn’t even make the list.


  16. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Racherasaro

    casey’s shadow was an awesome movie and phar lap..can’t believe they didn’t even make the list.


  17. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Stnl50

    Let it ride was the best ever by far


  18. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Stnl50

    Let it ride was the best ever by far


  19. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    GQ Horse Racing Nut

    The author of this list obviously has never seen “Let It Ride”. Richard Dreyfus, Terri Garr and Jennifer Tilley star in this comedy that is right on target about your stereo-typical horse player.


  20. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    GQ Horse Racing Nut

    The author of this list obviously has never seen “Let It Ride”. Richard Dreyfus, Terri Garr and Jennifer Tilley star in this comedy that is right on target about your stereo-typical horse player.


  21. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    goofy

    If Casey’s Shadow can’t make the top 10 then the list is a waste.


  22. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    goofy

    If Casey’s Shadow can’t make the top 10 then the list is a waste.


  23. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Gooseman139

    “boots malone” the best racing movie by FAR.


  24. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Gooseman139

    “boots malone” the best racing movie by FAR.


  25. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Eg4cars

    Hell, Stripes was better than Secretariat.


  26. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    QUEEN RUFFIAN!

    what? ruffian wasnt good enough to be mentioned?
    please!
    that movie is the best for horse racing, it shows the courage and determination of the horse alone, and the will to keep running even after she knows she cant make it!


  27. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    QUEEN RUFFIAN!

    oh and also they say ruffian was even better then secretariat, she smashed his records along with man o wars seabiscuits war admirals and so on, the only record of secretariats she didnt beat was his 1 1/2 mile, but the race she ran at that distance she was held back.
    even secretariats trainer said he thought she was better then him!
    she is said to be the fastest racehorse ever!


  28. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Anonymous

    i have already watch the other movies and its really great,
    and im also looking forward to watch the other movies…

    thanks for giving some beautiful list of horse movie’s that we could watch.


  29. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Anonymous

    you guys should watch Secretariat, i have seen the trailers and the story is really touching and you can get a lot of lesson from it so i hope i can watch the whole movie as well :) . i bet shergar is a great movie as well i havent seen the trailer yet but with the description from here it seems like a very interesting one.


  30. January 25, 2011 11:29 am

    Anonymous

    7 out of 10 movies…:)
    i haven’t watched 3 movies in this list…

    looking forward to watch it…